Danes are the happiest people on earth. That’s a fact! At least according to countless studies conducted on the subject. Take a stroll through the beautiful Danish capital on a summer’s day, and you understand why. Beautiful architecture, lots of water and friendly, good looking people on bikes everywhere. To be fair, in winter it is a bit tougher to fall in love with Denmark and Copenhagen at first sight. But of course, the inventive Danes found a way to tackle that problem, too.
They actually even invented a word for that: “Hygge”! Ranked third place in a survey conducted about the world’s most loveable words that cannot be translated, it roughly translated to something like “the complete lack and absence of anything annoying” and means cozy apartments, candlelight, and good people and food around. You see, Denmark ranks up there in about every study there is. Time to find out why. Let’s spend 12hrs in Copenhagen!
10am // Grød
We are starting our day in Nørrebro, an area that remains high up on the cities’ hipster index for years. It’s here you’ll find vegan snack bars, tiny vintage shops, and on the weekends, most of the cool kids.
Copenhageners like it healthy, lots of restaurants and grocery shops offer a large variety of organic options. Obviously, these healthy treats often come with a rather hefty price tag attached to them. Our breakfast destination is a wonderful exception from that rule. ‘Grød’ means ‘porridge’, and that is exactly what Martin Daniali and Lasse Skjønning Andersen serve in their shop and café. Breakfast bowls start at only 35 DKK, and with options like spelt porridge with chestnut purée, apple and toasted almonds, you’ll have plenty of energy for the long 12 hours ahead of you.
Grød // Jægersborgggade 50 // Mon-Fri 7.30am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9pm // website
10.30am // Superkilen
A short, ten-minute detour that is so worth it! Built by Superflex and the famous BIG architects, Superkilen is an urban park divided in three areas, red, green, and black. We’ll have a look at the most impressive one of them all, the Red Square. This is a playground for adults, with giant souvenirs from all over the world. Everything here is covered in red paint. Take a look around at some of the weird artifacts. People from more than 50 different countries are living in Nørrebro, and some of them got the chance to pick out items for the park. You’ll see a Donut sign from Tennessee, the famous Osborne bull from the south of Spain, and benches from Brasil. Superkilen also gives you a good idea why architecture from Denmark is so famous.
Superkilen // Nørrebrogade 210 // website
11am // Assistens Kirkegården
On your way back, take a stroll through the famous Assistens cemetery. No matter how busy the city around you might get, between the tall trees it’s always peaceful and quiet. Several famous people are buried here, among them Danish national hero Hans Christian Andersen, Søren Kirkegaard and several American jazz musicians who lived in Copenhagen during the Fifties and Sixties, such as Ben Webster and Kenny Drew. It’s easy to spend a whole afternoon here, but don’t get lost! Our day has just begun.
Assistens Kirkegården // Kapelvej 4 // website
11.30am // Adelié
Walk all the way back towards Guldbergsgade, back to the wordly pleasures of fashionable small shops of the area. Among them is Adelié. Tikkie Oestrich alias Adelié is one of Denmark’s most beloved fashion bloggers. For a while now, she brings her impeccable style to her online shop, where she sells items from her most beloved (and mostly Danish) designers, such as Stine Goya, Peter Jensen, and Libertine-Libertine. If you prefer real-life shopping to a virtual shopping bag, you are lucky. In 2012, Tikkie opened a tiny store on Guldbergsgade in Nørrebro. Here, she sells all the great finds that are featured in her online store.
After paying her a visit, continue down the street. You’ll pass more small shops, nice cafés, and probably run into some good looking Danes dressed all in black. At the end of the street, you’ll reach Sankt Hans Torv, a popular hangout and meeting point.
11.40am // Acne Archive
Pass the square, and turn right into Elmegade. Right at the beginning of the street is the Acne Archive. The Swedish brand has a stylish flagship store in the city center that we’ll visit later, but the new Archive is definitely worth a visit, as well.
Here, you’ll find show pieces and clothes from previous collections for a fraction of their original price. The stylish outlet carries items for both women and men, although the selection for the girls is much bigger. Good luck hunting for that dreamy leather jacket at 80% off!
Acne Archive // Elmegade 21 // Mon-Fri 11am-6.30pm, Sat 10am-5pm // website
11.45am // Kaffebar
A one-minute walk down the street from the shop you’ll see the very popular Kaffebar. If you feel for a little caffeinated pick-me-up, do it here. The coffee is great, and the baristas know what they’re doing. They’re also handsome. All of them.
Once you’re done, turn left on Nørrebrogade and walk straight. The street leads you over Dronning Louises Bro, a bridge over the Sortedams lake. Once the sun comes out, this is where everybody sits in the sun. It’s a beautiful walk, so take your time. Take in the scenery, and continue down until you spot two big halls on your right.
Kaffebar // Elmegade 4 // website
12.15am // WoodWood Museum
Before you enter these, cross the street to your left for a last bit of bargain hunting.
Somehow, Scandinavians know how to run an outlet store so much better than the rest of us. No messy piles of clothes, no ugly leftovers and not only items in XXS or XXL. WoodWood Museum is a great example for that.
The outlet of the popular Danish brand (we’ll take a look in their regular store a bit later) carries their own designs plus a big selection of brands that they sell in their shop for women and men. If you look around a bit, you can find tons of Kenzo, Gitman and Opening Ceremony pieces at up to 70% off.
Inside, the shop is nice and the staff friendly – yet another thing that makes the Museum stand out from regular outlet stores.
Now, head over again to enter Torvehallerne.
WoodWood Museum // Frederiksborggade 54 // Mo-Fri 12pm-6pm, sat 10.30am-3pm // website